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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bridgeport Stumptown Tart Strawberry Ale

Part of Bridgeport Brewing’s Big Brews Series, Bridgeport Stumptown Tart Strawberry Ale poured a thin, finely layered head over a reddish-pink body with little observable carbonation.  The nose started out malt heavy, but more and more of the strawberry came through as the ale warmed in the glass.  There was no detectable tartness our sourness in the nose.

Stumptown  art Strawberry Ale opened crisp and light and was surprisingly wheat-centric.  After a couple of seconds, the strawberry came through along with some interesting hop flavors like lemon, flowers, and a little bit of grassy spice.  Much of the fruitiness faded in the end, but a persistent (subtle) lemon sourness earned the ale the “Tart”.

Considering my general avoidance of fruit ales, Bridgeport’s Stumptown Tart Strawberry Ale does a lot of things right and makes for a refreshing drink.  Although nothing but the added fruit made it tart (I was expecting something with Brett), it does a fair job of emulating the sour ale experience for those who want to dip their toes in the water.

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